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Bush: Ideology got in way of immigration reform
San Antonio Express-News ^ | 11/11/2010 | Gary Martin

Posted on 11/12/2010 9:24:08 AM PST by SwinneySwitch

WASHINGTON — A failure to reform the nation's immigration laws is the result of an electoral process that forces the parties to seek ideologically pure candidates, former President George W. Bush said in his new memoir.

Bush proposed comprehensive immigration reform, one that would have granted citizenship to illegal immigrants who paid fines and learned English, during his second term in office, but he was rebuffed by congressional leaders in his own Republican Party.

“The failure of immigration reform points out larger concerns about the direction of our politics,” Bush said in “Decision Points,” a 477-page autobiography out this week.

Bush said the blend of isolationism, protectionism and nativism that affected the immigration debate also led Congress to block free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

The book was released one week after the midterm elections, in which Republicans took control of the House of Representatives and won seats in the Senate.

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, widely expected to chair the House Judiciary Committee in the next Congress, has said his panel will focus on enforcement of current immigration laws.

He opposed Bush's immigration proposal when it was introduced.

Smith and other GOP leaders have sided with Arizona in its crackdown on illegal immigration, which prompted a lawsuit by the Obama administration contesting the state's enforcement of federal immigration law.

Bush said lawmakers in both parties have been impractical on the issue.

He said those tied to organized labor opposed guest worker programs needed for economic growth, and conservatives opposed citizenship and other measures that would stop human rights abuses and exploitation of illegal workers.

The former president said the Senate was a couple of votes short of passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2007, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., failed to keep lawmakers in session over the July 4 weekend and the legislation died.

In his book, Bush said one way to reduce the ideological extremes in Congress is to change the way we elect members of Congress.

He noted that in 2006, only 45 or 435 House members were seriously contested in the general election. Bush said members were more vulnerable to an attack within their own party during primary elections.

“The result is that members of Congress from both parties tend to drift toward the extremes as insurance against primary challengers,” Bush said.

Several Republican lawmakers were challenged in party primaries in 2008 by tea party candidates who backed stronger measures against illegal immigration.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2surrender2mexico; 4thecommongood; aliens; amnesty; borderslanguage; bush; culture; georgewbush; immigrantlist; immigration; nau
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Amazing! I thought September 11, 2001 and unsecured borders had something to do with the failure to pass an amnesty bill, President Bush.
1 posted on 11/12/2010 9:24:14 AM PST by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch

Miss him yet?


2 posted on 11/12/2010 9:25:42 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: SwinneySwitch

Maybe Americans have seen this before and didn’t want the same load of shit sold in 1986?


3 posted on 11/12/2010 9:25:45 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: SwinneySwitch

Clinton likes his book, & now this tired ....
I’ll wait `til its at Goodwill in paperback.


4 posted on 11/12/2010 9:28:04 AM PST by tumblindice ("Palestine"--what's that? Is that like `Erehwon'?)
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To: SwinneySwitch
granted citizenship to illegal immigrants who paid fines and learned English

That is not reform -- that is appeasement.

5 posted on 11/12/2010 9:30:46 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: SwinneySwitch

It’s that bleeding heart liberal “compassionate” part of Bush that is beyond redemption.


6 posted on 11/12/2010 9:31:00 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Actually, he spelled it wrong - its Idiology not Ideology and it was HIS, not ours.

No I don’t miss him - never did. He gave us the moron in the White House now.

I heard part of his interview last night talking to O’Reilly and once again, he confirmed my prior analysis of him, he was better than the alternatives - but only barely.


7 posted on 11/12/2010 9:34:25 AM PST by ZULU (No nation which tried to tolerate Islam escaped Islamization.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
I used to wish W would express himself more articulately.

Now I wish he wouldn't.

8 posted on 11/12/2010 9:36:31 AM PST by skeeter
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To: SwinneySwitch
opposed guest worker programs needed for economic growth

There has been a Green Card (guest worker)
program for over sixty years to my knowledge.

I knew of it sixty years ago while I was growing up in West Texas.

We don't need Amnesty when a green card program is all that is needed.

Either George is disingenuous or very slow and challenged.

But then again he and his daddy are carpetbaggers from Connecticut.


9 posted on 11/12/2010 9:38:16 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

When GW started do reelection commercials in Spanish that was a clue.

Wonder what he thinks about American Flags and Bicycles?


10 posted on 11/12/2010 9:41:12 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: SwinneySwitch

How about simply enforcing current immigration law and securing the border as opposed to comprehensive immigration reform. Seems pretty simple and not nearly so reactionary.

Now railing against idealogues, his statements that the bailout was needed to save the free market system and how he was hurt by Kanye West’s Katrina remarks this book paints a very unflattering picture of a leader lacking resolve in many areas. I guess that constant exposure to Rove had a very debilitating effect.


11 posted on 11/12/2010 9:41:26 AM PST by bereanway (I'd rather have 40 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Specters)
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To: SwinneySwitch; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; ...

Ping!


12 posted on 11/12/2010 9:42:43 AM PST by HiJinx (I can see November from my front porch - and Mexico from the back.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
The answer to border control is quite simple and straightforward. Militarize the border and punish anyone who hires illegals. The real problem lies with courage. No one has the guts to put American sovereignty ahead of offending Hispanics (and losing their votes.)

What pisses me off is that we wouldn't be in this position had prior Administrations dealt with this issue the way it should have been dealt with. Thanks to our inaction we now have a huge Hispanic voting bloc that is reflexively opposed to ANY immigration restriction, and it has the politicians scared to death.

We've dug our own hole, now we're paying the consequences.

13 posted on 11/12/2010 9:43:06 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Now taking suggestions for a new screen name.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Listen Jr.:
Go back to Crawford and chop some Mesquite or kill a snake or two.

You are an enigma to us.

You rightly drop kicked the Taliban, idiotic 7th century sand dune hicks if ever there was one.

You excecuted the expressed will of the United States to finish Saddam’s regime and end his aspirations. Thankfully his sons, who suffered from sharing the same disconnected brain stem also perished.

You gave us tax cuts and few people have benefited from dying this year so their families wouldn’t have to pay an outrageous death tax.

You gave us Justice Roberts and it appears he is ruling correctly.

Sadly, you also gave TARP, never once vetoed a bloated budget and a few other items of consternation to those who believe the government smokes our dollars stuffed with wacky weed.

So stop putting your foot in your mouth and enjoy your retirement.

BTW, Laura looks lovely.


14 posted on 11/12/2010 9:44:23 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Two more things that irk me:

Sarbanes- Oxley was a travesty on companies and their employees who hoped to get rich from an IPO, which sadly because of SOX we have damn few of.

Patriot Act- This frickin’ scam violate our rights in many instances or steps just across the line with one foot on both sides. Moreover, it’s just plain un-American.


15 posted on 11/12/2010 9:47:38 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Shut up and sing, George.


16 posted on 11/12/2010 9:48:51 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: BenLurkin

Yes, but that means you have to track them all down and aren’t the open borders people against this?

And those who don’t learn english and/or pay a fine are still illegal immigrants, and so will we just ignore them as we have the past 20 years?

It makes no sense.


17 posted on 11/12/2010 9:49:38 AM PST by squarebarb
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To: SwinneySwitch
The GOP establishment view at the time was that amnesty was an inevitability. Democrats would eventually regain control and orchestrate a much broader amnesty. But a Republican amnesty would be more restrictive and would bring Latinos into the GOP camp.
18 posted on 11/12/2010 9:51:03 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Vendome
Go back to Crawford and chop some Mesquite or kill a snake or two.

Crawford was a political prop. He lives in Dallas now.

BTW, Laura looks lovely.

Laura Bush is a pro-abortion and pro gay marriage Democrat.

19 posted on 11/12/2010 9:55:50 AM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

According to the Mexican president Vincente Fox at the time of 9/11 Bush was going to throw the borders wide open in preparation for an EU like NAU. But those planes hit the world trade center
and that made such a move politically impossible.


20 posted on 11/12/2010 9:57:16 AM PST by ckilmer (Phi)
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To: SwinneySwitch

If I never hear of Jorge Arbusto again it will still be way too soon.

Illegal alien amnesty, big spending, MediPill entitlement, billions of foreign welfare, weak Supreme Court nominees until shamed by conservatives into pulling them, etc., etc.

Bush, Dole, Bush, McLame.

Can’t we do better than this?


21 posted on 11/12/2010 9:57:26 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

According to the Mexican president Vincente Fox at the time of 9/11 Bush was going to throw the borders wide open in preparation for an EU like NAU. But those planes hit the world trade center
and that made such a move politically impossible.


22 posted on 11/12/2010 9:57:29 AM PST by ckilmer (Phi)
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To: tumblindice

Recently bought a hardcopy of Millie’s Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush for 50 cents.


23 posted on 11/12/2010 9:57:57 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Either W is a completely ignorant buffoon, or he really is an open borders globalist.

Either or......pick one.


24 posted on 11/12/2010 9:59:36 AM PST by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: rottndog

Exactly!


25 posted on 11/12/2010 10:00:56 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: HiJinx

Once again, GBW demonstrates why he is NOT a conservative and why his thinking processes leave much to be desired.

He is his father’s son - and probably his brother’s brother.


26 posted on 11/12/2010 10:01:27 AM PST by ZULU (No nation which tried to tolerate Islam escaped Islamization.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

That’s funny, I thought it was American’s that got in the way.


27 posted on 11/12/2010 10:02:15 AM PST by The Toll
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To: SwinneySwitch

Sorry Bush you sold out our country when it came to illegal immigration.


28 posted on 11/12/2010 10:02:45 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: SwinneySwitch

Sorry Bush you sold out our country when it came to illegal immigration.


29 posted on 11/12/2010 10:02:57 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: SwinneySwitch
Here are two compromises to propose to proponents of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

  1. Would you accept deportation of x million undesirables (criminals, identity thieves, chronic wards of public assistance) in return for an equal number of green cards issued for those who are hard working, productive and a demonstrated effort at learning English?

  2. Since learning English is a requirement of U.S. Citizenship and citizenship is a requirement to vote, would you then support abolition of ballots provided in languages other than English or native American languages indigenous to the states at the time of their organization of states or U.S. Territories?

I will bet almost none of them will answer yes and most of them will either change the topic or accuse you of racism for daring to ask such obvious questions. Try it and see!

With the minor Native American exception, can anyone tell me why we need ballots in languages other than English if only U.S. Citizens are allowed to vote and a working knowledge of English is necessary for naturalization?

30 posted on 11/12/2010 10:06:31 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: ZULU

I truly hope Jeb is not put forward in 2012...


31 posted on 11/12/2010 10:06:31 AM PST by HiJinx (I can see November from my front porch - and Mexico from the back.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

No I do not miss him, nor will I ever miss him

I liked him personally, but his one world government ideology was misguided and WRONG


32 posted on 11/12/2010 10:10:30 AM PST by RnMomof7 (Gal 4:16 asks "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?")
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To: ckilmer

I’m not surprised. I remember seeing graphics of the proposed U.S.-Can-Mex currency. There is a long-existing federal plan to merge the U.S., Canada and Mexico.


33 posted on 11/12/2010 10:11:57 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Oh when the Prez donates all his worldly gains for the poor amongst US then he can ‘preach’ his brand of compassion. AS what he advocates is NOT compassion it is out right theft by ‘government’ called taxation without representation. NOW if this bunch wants to help the poor around this globe then teach them what sets US apart from the rest of the governments on this planet.... There are unalienable rights endowed by the Creator that NO man/government can take or give.... Stop playing ‘god’ by stripping producers of the increase of their hard work.
34 posted on 11/12/2010 10:13:41 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Brad from Tennessee
But a Republican amnesty would be more restrictive and would bring Latinos into the GOP camp.

This is not about the GOP it is about having a nation as one defines a nation..a geographic area with BORDERS

I do not give a flip about the Dems or the GOP they are simply flip sides of the power coin

Save our nation !!

35 posted on 11/12/2010 10:14:35 AM PST by RnMomof7 (Gal 4:16 asks "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?")
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To: SwinneySwitch

To what? I am afraid to ask.


36 posted on 11/12/2010 10:14:42 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: SwinneySwitch

This guy has no clue what legacy he handed off to this nation.

He has no idea what the policies he implemented and failed to put an end to led this nation to.

Obama tries to tell folks this was all Bush’s fault. And Bush is convinced it’s all Obama’s fault.

Carter opened the door for Reagan, and Bush opened the door for Obama.

Now Obama is poised to open the door once again. And by God, we better do better than we did in 2000.

President Bush, I wish you and your family much happiness in retirement. Please, I beg of you, go off and enjoy yourselves and leave the nation to people do know their arse from a hole in the ground.


37 posted on 11/12/2010 10:16:13 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Your next chance like this? About 2044. Vote popularity and don't waste time with the details.)
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To: Moonman62

A lot of folks are clueless that Bush bought the Crawford ranch the year before he became president, and quit living there shortly after he left the presidency.

It’s hard to think of it as anything other than a prop.


38 posted on 11/12/2010 10:18:44 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Your next chance like this? About 2044. Vote popularity and don't waste time with the details.)
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To: RnMomof7
[I do not give a flip about the Dems or the GOP they are simply flip sides of the power coin.]

Partisan politics is the modern opiate of the masses.

39 posted on 11/12/2010 10:19:41 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Moonman62

Laura is still a pretyt girl even if her wiley ways are offensive.


40 posted on 11/12/2010 10:23:01 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: HiJinx

Read my lips:

NO MORE BUSHES!!!!

My guess is this book of his may kill his brother’s chances.

At least the dope had the decency to wait until AFTER the General election to come back into the light with the book. He and it would only have hurt us.


41 posted on 11/12/2010 10:28:56 AM PST by ZULU (No nation which tried to tolerate Islam escaped Islamization.)
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To: Moonman62

I can’t fix that stuff.

Laura is still a beautiful woman and I love her laugh.


42 posted on 11/12/2010 10:38:50 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

In his book, does he reprise those old favorites?

“Doing jobs Americans won’t do.”

“Family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande.”

I’m sure I forgot some, but...

“I’ll see you at the bill signing.”


43 posted on 11/12/2010 10:43:17 AM PST by Will88
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To: SwinneySwitch
Any legislation that legalizes the status of those who broke our laws by entering our country illegally and allows them to stay is amnesty. We must not only prevent the Democrats and some moderate Republicans from hijacking the meaning of the word amnesty, but the public must be made aware about the true impact of an amnesty.

The Heritage Foundation concluded that the cost of amnesty alone would be $2.6 trillion for just the entitlement costs. And the number of additional LEGAL immigrants who would join those who were the recipients of amnesty through chain migration, i.e., family reunification, would approach 70 million over a 20-year period, assuming there are only 12 million illegal aliens. We cannot assimilate such numbers. An amnesty would destroy the United States of America with the stroke of a pen.

44 posted on 11/12/2010 10:44:43 AM PST by kabar
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To: pissant
It’s that bleeding heart liberal “compassionate” part of Bush that is beyond redemption.

Not very “compassionate” to American blue collar workers who compete with this wave of cheap labor subsidized by welfare.

45 posted on 11/12/2010 10:50:20 AM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Miss him yet?

Not his love for Amnesty and the illegal resource sucking criminals.

46 posted on 11/12/2010 10:59:41 AM PST by Ron H. (November 2 was only the opening salvo in a long war to retake America!)
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To: Vigilanteman
With the minor Native American exception, can anyone tell me why we need ballots in languages other than English if only U.S. Citizens are allowed to vote and a working knowledge of English is necessary for naturalization?

Puerto Rico.......When Puerto Ricans moved to the mainland, as citizens they had a right to vote. Ain't sayin' I agree, but that's how it all started.

47 posted on 11/12/2010 11:16:33 AM PST by Roccus (Quondo Omni Flunkus Mortati)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Actually, with one change I think his immigration bill would have been a pretty good solution. But instead of any path to citizenship for the already-here illegals, it should have merely stated that the path to citizenship begins ~in mexico~. Start there, not here. That would’ve been simple and easy to explain. You wanna be legal? Go get in line.

The rest of it, with the improvements to the border, the better management of worker-visas... the rest was OK.


48 posted on 11/12/2010 11:30:05 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Will88

Compared the minutemen to vigilantes.


49 posted on 11/12/2010 11:30:45 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Well then, thank God for Ideology!


50 posted on 11/12/2010 11:40:12 AM PST by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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